We're getting just a bit closer to the opening of Downtown Brooklyn's Dekalb Market Hall, a 26,000-square-foot food court set to debut later this year beneath Dekalb Avenue's City Point tower development. We first reported in April that some of the 55 food vendors would include venerable Gotham stalwarts like Jackson Heights' Arepa Lady, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue and the first offshoot of the legendary Katz's Delicatessen beyond the Lower East Side. Anna Castellani, founder of Dumbo’s restaurant and grocery Foragers Market and manager partner of the hall, hand-picked each of the food operators.
According to Brownstoner, the hall is currently deep in construction mode and now on-track for a delayed fall opening. A tour of the space by Castellani shows its nearly ready to welcome operators to start building out their individual stands, with some exciting new additions to announce. On the sweets front, the rapidly-expanding creamery Ample Hills will have a stand, while Ridgewood's Vietnamese critical darling Bun-ker will hawk its beloved banh mi sandwiches, traditional coffee and house ice creams (sesame, green tea). A local borough favorite, Fulton Landing Seafood Company, will also find its first brick-and-mortar home here, having only operated as a booth in the Brooklyn Night Bazaar thus far.
Sharing building space with the market will be a location of grocer Trader Joe's, as well as an outpost of Westchester's wood-fired Italian restaurant Fortina. With a lineup this stacked, it seems Brooklynites may have even less of a reason to venture across the river to get their food-and-drink fix.